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In the wake of Katrina, the Recovery School District (RSD) has rebuilt public education in New Orleans, Louisiana. RSD has made extensive use of charter schools. What can Missouri learn from this natural experiment? Read the recent case study from James Shuls, Ph.D., to find out.

 

You may have heard of Common Core--the Common Core State Standards--but what are these standards for primary education and are they appropriate for Missouri? This panel of educational experts discuss their pros and cons.

 

Tax Increment Financing and similar tax subsidies are intended to improve areas that are blighted, but is that what they're really used for?

 

Patrick Tuohey notes an effort in Kansas City to bring the Super Bowl to town, but is it worth it? Several research papers have shown that the tax revenue used to bring big events to a city is only rarely recouped by the revenue generated by the event. Kansas City should spend tax payers money on more pressing needs.

 

Brittany Wagner reviews some highlights from her recent interview with Joshua Schindler. Schindler is the lawyer representing Normandy students who are trying to transfer to accredited school districts.

 

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Research Assistant Brittany Wagner interviewed lawyer Joshua Schindler about his work advocating for transfer students. Missouri's transfer law allows students in unaccredited public school districts to transfer to nearby accredited schools; however, a number of districts have refused to accept transfer students, even students that they had accepted last year.

 

Through a series of legal maneuvers, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the State Board of Education attempted to prevent students from transferring from Normandy Schools Collaborative. School choice and the school transfer law prevailed last Friday when Judge Michael Burton ruled in favor of transfer students. Since the transfer law was upheld for a few students, it should be upheld for all of them.

 

Like many major cities, St. Louis has a large number of vacant school buildings; however, the process for purchasing those buildings should be streamlined.

 

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COMMENTARY
Please Convince Me: The Pros and Cons to Raising Property Taxes in Columbia
September 16, 2014

 In November, Columbia residents will consider whether to raise their property taxes in order to fund public safety. Supporters and opponents of the measure both had good cases to make, and their arguments should be taken into consideration.

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TESTIMONY
Missouri’s Tax Administration Practices: Some Ideas For Improvement
August 12, 2014

Overall, the three guiding principles in tax policy and tax administration should be simplicity, consistency, and equity. Complexity and inconsistency in administration can cause confusion not only for taxpayers, but also for the people charged with enforcing the state’s rules and regulations.

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ESSAY
Updated Estimates Of The Effects Of Earnings Taxes On City Growth
September 4, 2014

City governments provide important services to city residents, and these services need to be financed through taxation. In turn, taxation alters the decisions of those being taxed, and these effects need to be considered when city officials are deciding how to finance the services provided. Put simply, a city government needs to be mindful of the aphorism “If you tax something, you will get less of it.” Because of the relative immobility of property, property taxes are the most important source of tax revenue for cities; however, both the...

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CASE STUDY
Decentralization Through Centralization: The Story Of The Recovery School District
September 16, 2014

Individuals who support free markets and limited government often are the most strident advocates for school choice. Many of these same individuals applaud the development of the emerging school choice market in New Orleans. The irony of this is that Louisiana has expanded choice and created the first all-charter school district in the country through the use of greater centralized control.

This strategy of promoting decentralization through centralization is spreading. Thus far, Louisiana’s turnaround has inspired Tennessee, Michigan, and...

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POLICY STUDY
Policy Briefing: Missouri Transition Costs and Public Pension Reform
March 3, 2014

The goal of public employee pensions is twofold: to provide a safe and secure retirement for our valued state employees and to help recruit and...

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REPORT
2014 Saint Louis County Public Policy Recommendations
July 15, 2014

Analysts and scholars with the Show-Me Institute have identified free-market policy changes that could improve Saint Louis County. These pamphlets summarize those recommendations for transforming the county's regulatory, transparency, budget, and tax policy.

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